This past weekend the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops instructed pastors at parishes across the country to distribute material urging Catholics to oppose the health reform bills making their way through Congress for allowing public funding of abortions. Priests were to insert the Bishops Conference pdf leaflets and letters into parish news bulletins, distribute them at church doors or place them in pews. They were also directed to read a statement at mass to reinforce the message.Is repellant, but don't take my word for it. Follow the link.
The Conference of bishops reportedly sent the orders out last Thursday, the same day Speaker Nancy Pelosi presented the mammoth 2,000-page House reform bill to lawmakers and the public.
The material explains that the Catholic Church supports reform that will “protect the life and dignity of all people from the moment of conception until natural death.”
The insert contains phone numbers and web addresses at which constituents can contact their Representatives.
CNSNews reports that the Catholic Church has a “major stake” in the legislation:A little over 100 million Americans are treated through Catholic hospitals and health centers. There are 624 Catholic hospitals in America. Also, 11 of the nation’s 40 largest health care systems are Catholic, such as Ascension Health, Catholic Health Initatives and Trinity Health.As observers have pointed out, however, the bishops’ position seems to be oddly anti-government. The Church has never opposed any private health insurance policies that provide abortion benefits. It has never urged a boycott of particular insurance companies for offering abortion benefits. Aetna, Blue Cross, Cigna, United Healthcare– all the major private insurers provide for abortion services in their policies. All policy holders are paying into the provider network and subsidizing all its services.
The strong stance by the Bishops led one CNSNews commenter to ask why priests are being directed to mouth Republican Party talking points.Republican politics comes to the pulpit of The Mass. How sweet. The Mass becomes politicized.The leaflet:
Monday, November 2, 2009
Jesus! "Catholic pastors directed to distribute anti-health reform materials at Mass"
Hello, Bishop? You like that nice little tax break you get on ALLLLLL that church property? Wanna keep it? How many souls is it worth to ya, padre? Via The Colorado Independent: